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Bebop Spoken There

Miles Kington: "If the intake of alcohol fails to improve a jazz player's performance, why do jazz listeners think it improves their appreciation?" - (Jazz Express October 1982).

Barbara Jay: "My first gig was at the Astoria, Charing Cross Rd. It seemed like a den of iniquity to me. All the Soho girls were there and the gigolos with their old women paying them to dance..." - (Jazz UK May 2008.)

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Today Sunday February 26.

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
More Jam - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Maine St. Jazzmen - Seaton Sluice Social Club, Collywell Bay Rd., Seaton Sluice NE26 4QZ. 8pm. £4.
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Shaun Henderson Band - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington. 6pm. £5.
Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SY. 7:30pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

CD Review: Ehud Asherie - Shuffle Along

Ehud Asherie (piano).
(Review by Lance).
This one swung in from left field! An Israeli pianist in his thirties playing, mainly, forgotten songs from the 1921 musical Shuffle Along isn't what usually lands on the semi-destroyed (by cat) doormat.
Music from 95 years ago that sounds even fresher today than it may have done then!
This is not to denigrate the legendary pianist Eubie Blake who wrote the score nor his co-pilot Noble Sissle who provided the lyrics for the show although this is purely an instrumental take.
Asherie strides across the decades with an almost disregard for genre. Stride, swing, modern - Waller, Tatum, Evans are all part of the mix and, of course, Eubie himself.
Apart from I'm Just Wild About Harry, Asherie plays it in four and then later in three, - take it from me Harry is a good waltzer! the other tunes are unfamiliar but well deserved of being Gasbooked. I'd like to hear vocal versions but, in the meantime, this has got to be one of the year's most enjoyable piano albums.
Gypsy Blues; I'm Just Wild About Harry; Everything Reminds Me of you; I'm Cravin' For That Kind of Love; Bandana Days; I'm Just Wild About Harry (waltz); If You've Never Been Vamped by a Brownskin; Goodnight Angeline; Love Will Find a Way.
Lance.
Release concert @ Mezzrow, NYC, on April 12.

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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